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Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he knew enough to write them well. Well, he would not have to fail at trying to write them either. Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting. Well he would never know, now.In the story, at least, the hero gets some points for stoic acceptance, as well as an epiphanic vision of Kilimanjaro's summit, "wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun." (The movie version is another matter: Gregory Peck makes it back to the hospital, loses a leg, and is a better person for it.) But Hemingway's other great white hunter, in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," is granted a less dignified exit. This time the issue is cowardice, another of Papa's bugaboos: poor Francis is too wimpy to face down a wounded lion, let alone satisfy his treacherous wife in bed. Yet he does manage a last-minute triumph before dying--an absolute assertion of courage--which makes the title a hair less ironic than it initially seems. No wonder these are two of the highest-caliber (so to speak) tales in the Hemingway canon. --Bob Brandeis
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Yes of course, Hemingway is a good writer and some of the stories in the book are excellent. However, as a collection, the book is uninspiring and a bit depressing. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by erichidaho
This is the most powerful book Papa H. ever produced. THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE, THE KILLERS, the title piece, all combine for one explosive effect philosophically, emotionally, and... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2000 by Account Killer
Hemingway not only captures the reader via adventure in places the average man has not visited, but also explores the meaning and value of life. Read morePublished on July 19 2000 by Brendan
I do not feel that this is the place for the discussion that this book deserves, but there are a few books that are so good that mere public affirmation of them is enjoyable. Read morePublished on May 24 2000 by Brendan W Kerr
I had to read this book my junior year of high school, and it is one of the most memorable things that I read. :) I love the short stories... they are so good... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2000 by Nicole Alger